Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Broken Neck Complications

Complications of a neck fracture include:

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Herniated cervical disk
  • Nerve root entrapment:
    • Pressure on the nerve where it exits the spinal canal
  • Paraplegia:
    • Inability to move the legs
  • Quadriplegia:
    • Inability to move the arms or legs

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Broken Neck References
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